Southern African Customs Union (SACU)

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Subject: The Southern African Customs Union (SACU). Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU): the oldest customs union in the world
  2. Structure and Institutions of the Southern African Customs Union
  3. Technical Liaison Committees: Agricultural, customs, trade and industry, transport, and finance
  4. History of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU)
  5. The Economic Profile of the SACU Region: Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland
  6. The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Agreement
  7. Trade Facilitation in the SACU region
    1. Customs Development Programme
    2. Revenue Management
    3. Custom Policy
    4. Common External Tariffs
  8. Free Trade Agreements (FTA) with other blocs
    1. India-Southern Africa Customs Union
    2. SACU-European Free Trade Association Free Trade Agreement
    3. Negotiations: Agreements with the MERCOSUR, the European Union (EU), the United States, the East African Community, and China
  9. Policy Development and Research
  10. The SACU Statistical Database
  11. The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Agreement

The European Union (EU)-Southern African Development Community (SACU) Free Trade Agreement. Syllabus:

  1. Introduction to the EU-Southern African Development Community Free Trade Agreement
  2. The liberalisation of the international trade

The objectives of the subject “The Southern African Customs Union (SACU)” are the following:

  1. To understand the purposes, structure, and committees of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), the oldest customs union in the world
  2. To assess the benefits for the member countries and areas of cooperation
  3. To learn about the Socioeconomic context of the Southern African Countries
  4. To analyse the Customs Union agreement
  5. To know the trade facilitation and liberalisation programs of SACU
  6. To know SACU's Free Trade Agreements (FTA)
The subject “The Southern African Customs Union (SACU)” is studied...
  1. Doctorate in Business in Africa
  2. Professional Master's Programs (e-learning): Sub-Saharan Africa, International Business, BRICS Countries (South Africa), and Economic Relations
  3. Course: Southern Africa

Recommendations for: Batswana, Basotho, Namibian, South African and Swaziland students

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Credits of the subject “The Southern African Customs Union (SACU)”: 0.6 ECTS Credits

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Southern African Customs Union (SACU)

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Description of the Subject (The Southern African Customs Union -SACU-).

In 1920 was created the first Customs Union of the history: The Southern African Customs Union (SACU), formed by Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland; all they are also members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The Headquarters of the Southern African Customs Union are in Namibia.

The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) focuses on facilitating:

  1. Regional Integration between Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland
  2. Common Customs Area
  3. Intra-regional trade among the SACU members:
    1. Free movement of products
    2. Cross-border movement of goods
    3. Common external tariff
    4. Anti-dumping
    5. Countervailing and safeguard duties
    6. Fair competition
    7. Import and Export Prohibitions and Restrictions
    8. Technical Barriers to Trade
    9. Agricultural Products, and
    10. Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary Measures
  4. Economic diversification
  5. Investment opportunities (FDI)
  6. Common policies and strategies:
    1. Industry
    2. Trade
    3. Agriculture
    4. Competition
    5. Unfair practices, and the
    6. Common Revenue Pool

Preferential Trade Agreement MERCOSUR-Southern African Customs Union (SACU): Not in force.

The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) belongs to the Southern African Economic Area of the African Civilisation.

Logistics in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) region.

  1. Corridors: Beira-Lobito, Tripoli-Windhoek, Cairo-Gaborone, and Lobito Corridor
  2. The nearest ports: Port of Walvis Bay and Port of Durban

Regional Economic Communities (Trade and Market Integration):
African Regional Economic Communities

Logistics Corridors in Namibia

EFTA-Southern African Customs Union (SACU) Free Trade Agreement



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